A visit to Ndubuisi Kanu Recreational Park

Happiness is the art of relaxation‘ -Maxwell Maltz

Despite the usual stress associated with life in Lagos, some make out time to relax and catch some break. As part of our hobby, we picked out visiting one of such places we’ve not been to and share our experience with you.

About Ndubuisi Kanu Park

Ndubuisi Kanu Park (NKP) is an actualization project by the Lagos State Government to make Lagos greener and healthier through creation of parks and gardens, planting and maintenance of trees. Commissioned in 2014 by the former governor Mr Babatunde Fashola, the park was named in honor of the Rear Admiral Ndubuisi Kanu, a former military governor of Lagos and Imo states who was one of the heroes in the annulled June 12 presidential election struggle.

Rear Admiral Ndubuisi Kanu (rtd)

The park is located at Mobolaji Johnson Avenue, Alausa Ikeja, opposite the Johnson Jakande Tinubu (JJT) Park. Due to the proximity and similarities in both recreational parks, we’ll make some comparisons along the way to give you options to choose which to visit, when you intend to.

Mobolaji Johnson Avenue

Entry into Ndubuisi Park is free, a norm in all Lagos State owned recreational parks. Except there’s an event inside which requires entry by invitation or entry fee. Also, there’s a parking space with a charge of N200 per vehicle in Ndubuisi Park. In JJT Park, there’s no parking space so the only option is parking at NKP that’s few kilometers away.

From our entry into the park, we found a guide to several parts of the 17,195 sq meters park on one side of the walk. On the other side is a sign indicating presence of free Internet (just like in JJT Park). We tried connecting a device to the free hotspot but the internet speed was far from decent.

Features of the Ndubuisi Kanu Park

Children’s Playground:
There’s a children’s Playground open for kids everyday, with supervision by caretakers of the park. The playground has fun equipments that kids could play with all day. The park also has a water slide but we couldn’t confirm if adults could get on that.

There are few gazebos towards the south end of the park, distant from other attraction spots of the park which offers more quiet and privacy. The only cons to these gazebos is that each can take only a maximum of two persons. Unlike those in JJT that can take up 15 people in one large gazebo.

Books are available for free reading in Ndubuisi Park courtesy ‘The Open Library Initiative’ by Open Library Ng. The NGO has provided 5000 books to Ndubuisi Kanu and Muri Okunola parks to encourage and improve access to reading in a more relaxed and conducive environment for kids and adults. This feature isn’t available in JJT. 

Relaxation areas:
There are several parts of the park, more like seating areas where visitors can sit, relax and enjoy the ambience of the area. There are seats under tree shades along paths across the park. Also there’s the open field where picnics, etc can be carried out. The gazebos, multi-purpose court and the rotunda also offers sitting areas for visitors at the park.

We couldn’t complete a full tour of  NKP due to time constraints but for records sake, we have to mention other features the park has such as the rotunda and court for event gatherings.

Center of the park

Ndubuisi Kanu Park offers a clean and serene haven for those looking for a place to relax without the usual Lagos noise. It’s proximity to the government house guarantees orderliness and quiet. Well, except an event is taking place there or in JJT. The park is available for meetings, Hangouts, picnics, photo shoots, concerts, reading or even working.

We had fun visiting Ndubuisi Kanu park and we hope you’ll find it more enjoyable, should you visit. And while you’re there, also take out some time to stroll to the other park and have a feel of it too 😊. You can read about our JJT experience here.

Don’t forget to tell us what you think in the comments section below.


Nonye 👣

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